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Goodyear Airport Master Plan Has A Big Updated

Updates are coming to the Valley’s almost 76-year-old Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

The airport was originally built in 1940 as Goodyear Aircraft Corp. The company donated adjacent land to the United States Navy and was named Naval Air Facility at Litchfield Park where it supported war efforts during World War II. In 1968, Phoenix purchased the airport to serve as a general aviation reliever, and it has grown to what we know it as today.goodyear airport

“The Phoenix Goodyear Airport, with its extensive pilot training, major repair operations and emerging corporate aviation services, is the heart of a major employment corridor in Goodyear,” said Michelle Lawrie, economic development director for the city of Goodyear. “Updating the airport master plan will help chart the course for the future economic growth and prosperity in the region. The city of Goodyear is looking forward to the airport planning process and the positive impact it will have on the community.”

The Federal Aviation Administration recommends airports update their master plans every five to 10 years or as significant changes occur, said Jordan Feld, deputy aviation director for planning and environmental. Goodyear Airport’s master plan was last updated in 2007 and the update process takes about 18 months.

“At a tactical level, the master plan update is critical for making cost-effective, durable, timely and efficient decisions and investments in the airport,” Feld said. “More globally, the master plan update will provide a roadmap for future development of the airport so that it meets both the needs of the community as well as brings in new businesses and enhances the community’s economic development opportunities. Phoenix Goodyear Airport provides a vital business and aviation role in the Southwest Valley.”

A consultant team made up of experts from Armstrong Consultants Inc. — a firm that has completed more than 1,200 airport improvement projects at more than 130 airports within the region — Kimley-Horn and Associates, Genesis Consulting Group, Woolpert and Class V Communications worked to create the best, most cost-efficient master plan for Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Charlie McDermott of Armstrong Consultants said, adding that they plan on incorporating the community and their opinions into the plan.

“A key part of the project is the comprehensive public involvement program. This program will consist of stakeholder, advisory committee and public meetings over the course of the study. Update materials and schedules will also be made available on the airport website allowing the communities to be kept informed about the status of the study,” McDermott said.goodyear airport

The consultant team will examine what kind of projects will position Goodyear for more growth and after that, it will look at capital projects, Feld said.

“The first component of the update is understanding the current market and aviation demand trends and comparing that with existing facilities,” Feld said. “The update will look at specific capital projects that should be considered in the planning horizon; these may include new or upgraded taxiway, terminal facility expansion, land acquisition to support and ensure airport compatibility, drainage improvements, improved roadway access, navigational aid upgrades and a variety of economic development related initiatives such as new aircraft ramps, hangars, and airport-user support facilities.”

Since the last master plan update, the airport has leveraged more than $18 million in state and federal grants to support a variety of capital projects including an aircraft ramp, taxiway, a runway reconstruction or pavement overlays, building maintenance, airfield lighting system upgrades, drainage and environmental projects, and the recent safety area project, which included shifting the runway 300 feet to the south, Goodyear Airport Manager Joe Husband said.

“The Phoenix Goodyear Airport has a long history of serving the aviation community and the West Valley. The master plan update provides the strategy for continuing this impressive and rich legacy,” Husband said.

Airport projects

A year ago, Phoenix Goodyear Airport broke ground on its $9.7 million expansion for Lux Air, a fixed-base operator that provides fuel and support services for government, military, and emergency medical operations, Husband said.goodyear airport

The 65,000 square feet of three corporate hangars and two large office spaces is expected to open later this year, he said.

Michael Lewis Co. completed its 300,000-square-foot construction of U.S. Western warehouse and distribution center Aug. 4 in Goodyear Gateway industrial park, officials said.

The company distributes food and catering supplies ranging from first-class gourmet meals and alcoholic beverages to hand towels and soap to major airlines such as American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and British Airways and in-flight caterers.

“Our new distribution center is designed to meet our unique business model and foster energy efficiency as well as cost savings,” said Frank Kunz Jr., MLCo’s Phoenix operations manager. “Consolidating our previous facilities will improve inventory management.”

The solar panel covered building includes a two-story office space, a “Kalman” floor (a specialized reinforced shrinkage compensation floor), all LED lighting, a fitness center, a sample test kitchen and dining room to offer customers the opportunity to present new in-flight catering ideas and a 100,000-square-foot freezer.

“The future of the airport corridor is bright,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said. “This development will further establish the airport’s corporate image, enhancing our recruitment of high-quality businesses that need local access to an airport. The potential for growth surrounding the airport is tremendous, and we are dedicated to working with developers and businesses to make this employment corridor more successful.”

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Kourtney Balsan can be reached at [email protected].

Source: Goodyear Airport Master Plan updated | West Valley View